Hopkinsville High and Middle schools were on lockdown for just under an hour Thursday morning while Hopkinsville Police investigated an alleged threat made against the high school.
Officer Paul Ray says the threat was made via text message and an individual reported it anonymously to HPD.
Students at HHS and HMS resumed normal activity shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Eighteen-year old Brandon Govan of Hopkinsville allegedly admitted to sending a text message to other students that said not to go to school because there was supposed to be a shooting. An arrest citation says the text not only caused the lockdown, it also resulted in over 200 students being checked out of school early.
Govan was arrested and charged with third-degree terroristic threatening.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Department charged a 17-year old male at the school with tampering with evidence, hindering the prosecution of a fugitive and disorderly conduct. A news release says the male became disruptive and combative when officers entered a classroom to speak with another student about the initial incident.
Christian County Public School System Spokesperson Heather Lancaster says the district sent out information to parents as quickly as they could and reiterated the schools are safe.
Lancaster says any parents with questions or concerns should contact their school.
There have been scares at several schools across western Kentucky since Tuesday morning’s shooting at Marshall County High School that left two students dead and 18 injured.